An en­thu­si­as­tic, mis­cast clas­sic

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Mana Lit­tle Theatre has a mid­win­ter treat in store this month, with their adap­ta­tion of A Christ­mas Carol and serv­ings of mulled wine likely to warm your heart.

The stal­wart ladies (and helpers) of the Farndale Av­enue Hous­ing Es­tate Townswomen’s Guild are tak­ing over the stage at Mana Lit­tle Theatre and pre­sent­ing their ver­sion of A Christ­mas Carol. It is cer­tainly an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of this clas­sic story you will never have seen be­fore, ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor Sue Mor­timer.

Al­though en­thu­si­asm does seem to out­strip their thes­pian abil­i­ties, they will valiantly at­tempt to por­tray a wide ar­ray of our favourite Dick­en­sian char­ac­ters from this story.

Un­for­tu­nately, noth­ing will run smoothly and the cast could be forced to con­tend with an in­tru­sive PA sys­tem, in­com­pe­tent stage­hands and fail­ing scenery.

Plus there is an on­go­ing ri­valry be­tween the two main ac­tors.

Un­der Mor­timer’s direc­tion, the cast of So­nia Enoka, Yvonne Fisher, Tabatha Atoa-Jakobs, Anita Vogt and Craig Hay­wood will be mem­bers and helpers of the guild, play­ing as­sorted and some­times mis­cast roles in A Christ­mas Carol. Ad­di­tional voices and ‘‘ stage crew’’ in­clude Nate Hol­land-Kearins and Peter and Stephanie Drew.

Other ladies from the guild will be on hand each evening be­fore the show to sell some of their de­light­ful jams.

Glasses of wine, mulled wine and juice will also be avail­able for pur­chase at the theatre.

Per­for­mance dates are from June 22 to July 2 at 8pm, with a mati­nee per­for­mance on June 26 at 2pm. Book­ings are es­sen­tial; phone 233 2557.

Pa­trons are re­quested to be at the theatre at least 15 min­utes be­fore the start of the show. Mana Lit­tle Theatre is on Sun­set Pa­rade, Plim­mer­ton.

Naughty, naughty: Tiny Tim (So­nia Enoka) catches Mrs Cratchit (Craig Har­wood) with some in­ap­pro­pri­ate read­ing ma­te­rial

dur­ing A Christ­mas Carol.

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